When Will Dereck Chisora End Up Fighting Oleksandr Usyk?
With postponed boxing bouts coming back one step at a time, a mandatory challenger for the WBO Heavyweight Title could finally end up facing a future MMA fighter before 2020 ends.
According to David Haye, the manager of Dereck Chisora, a clash between Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk could end up taking place in October. As of now, a location and specific date for the fight has yet to be revealed.
“The date will probably be in October,” Haye told Sky Sports. “Fortunately boxing has started to move forward now. [Promoter] Eddie Hearn is having fights in his garden – Dillian Whyte is having a huge fight with Alexander Povetkin on August 22 [live on Sky Sports Box Office]. Derek and Usyk will probably happen in October. Derek and Usyk are training.”
Originally set to clash on May 23 in London, the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus.
Chisora (32-9) is on a three-fight win streak. Following a knockout loss at the hands of Dillian Whyte in 2018 (the second loss against Whyte), “Del Boy” won three fights in 2019. He won a unanimous decision bout against Senad Gashi in April, a knockout win over Artur Szpilka in July, and a TKO win over David Price in October.
While he has been waiting for a fight with Usyk, Chisora has expressed an interest in competing in MMA. Chisora stated that Bellator has reached out to him, and Bellator’s Scott Coker stated there have been talks about bringing him aboard. This is all depending on his boxing schedule.
After winning the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight tournament final, Usyk (17-0) decided to make his jump to heavyweight. He was supposed to face Tyrone Spong before Spong tested positive for a banned substance. Usyk then faced Chazz Witherspoon, beating him after a round seven corner retirement.
That isn’t the only heavyweight bout that is being worked on. Anthony Joshua will be defending his heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev sometime before the end of the year.